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Raiders centre Joey Leilua.

He was a key cog in Canberra's 2019 grand final march but Joey Leilua is now facing a battle for a starting spot from off-season recruit Curtis Scott.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said he remains unsure about which man will partner co-captain Jarrod Croker in the centres in round one of the 2020 season.

"That all works itself out. It comes down to training performance at this stage of the year," Stuart said from Queensland's Sunshine Coast, where the Raiders arrived for a 10-day camp on Thursday.

The camp was arranged to escape the hazardous smoke that has enveloped the ACT during the horrific fires that continue to burn in NSW and Victoria.

"Sometimes those types of decisions don't come down to coaches or selections. It comes down to the players' performance and contribution."

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Scott, a premiership winner with the Storm, still has to familiarise himself with Canberra's systems after starting training a month ago.

Scott and fellow recruits Matt Frawley and English halfback George Williams - who only landed in Australia last Friday - should benefit from the Queensland camp.

"We need to get a lot of football done because we've got a lot of new players," Stuart said.

"Those guys need to get a lot of education and content in regards to our football. It's very important from a defence and attack point of view that we all understand the same disciplines and rhythms."

While proud of last season's efforts, Stuart has challenged his troops to prove themselves as elite players by backing it up.

"All our number one players last year, all our players in important positions who had great quality and consistent seasons, we need that again," he said.

Sometimes those types of decisions don't come down to coaches ... It comes down to the players

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart

"It's important to show consistency. International players, representative players all have that consistency in their games."

The Raiders, who will host an open training session at Sunshine Coast Stadium next Friday to support bushfire relief, are scheduled to depart Queensland on January 18.

However, Stuart said a call may be made to extending the camp depending on Canberra's air quality.

"I personally hope that the bushfires clear up for a lot of other people more so than our training," Stuart said.

"It really is devastating at home at the moment and there's more on the line than where we're going to train."

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